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Growing up, I didn’t like reading. I know…I know…I read a lot now and love reading a good book, but there was a time when I just about hated to read. I would be sitting in class and some of my classmates would pull out this thick fiction book, half-finished, and I would pull out my little paperback, almost embarrassed to even let people see me reading such a “short book”. Reading felt like a punishment for getting your schoolwork done early, instead of a reward.

I remember wanting to fit in with the thick book crowd by checking out one of the large, thick novels I saw everyone reading. I told myself that I was going to be like them and read the book. Do you know what happened with that book? It sat in the exact same place in my bedroom until it was time to return to the library. I may have even renewed it to make it look like I was reading it.

In the new UglyDolls movie, the characters are all about their differences. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities. The endearingly unique residents of Uglyville occasionally look to the sky above the town, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community.

Looking back at it now, my lack of excitement for books wasn’t my lack of joy in reading, but the lack of a reading community. The thick book I borrowed and never read wasn’t a book I would have enjoyed, I chose it to fit in. Reading wasn’t a reward for finishing your schoolwork and the few books we read for class were dry and boring. It wasn’t until my mom found an author that she enjoyed, that the two of us started reading together, which encouraged me to start looking for a series I would enjoy and get hooked on. It did happen and that has led me on this amazing book loving journey!

Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there’s something – anything – on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find what’s on the other side. They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child.

In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits. Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.  UGLYDOLLS releases in theaters this Friday, May, 3.